Mat Rebeaud at Red Bull X-Fighters Red Bull Photofiles

After stops in Mexico City, Calgary, Texas and Madrid, the world’s best freestyle motocross riders will do battle one last time on 22nd of August as they put on a spectacular show and crown the Red Bull X-Fighters champion 2009 at the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour season finale in the United Kingdom. London’s legendary Battersea Power Station will be transformed into “Battersea Palace” for one night only as the Red Bull X-Fighters turn the city into the FMX capital of the world!

In 2008, Switzerland’s Mat Rebeaud dominated the Series so emphatically that he had already wrapped up victory before the riders headed to the last stop of the season in Warsaw. This year, however, the championship is set to go right down to the wire as no fewer than four athletes are in with a chance of riding off with the 2009 crown at the season finale in London, among them 2008 champion Rebeaud. Despite leading the overall standings going into the last event of the season, Nate Adams is determined to treat the London stop like any other: “It’s huge, but you can’t go in thinking like that, thinking about the championship, because you’ll ride differently. You have to ride like yourself. If you win it, enjoy that moment; if you don’t, work harder!” But Japan’s Eigo Sato and Australia’s Robbie Maddison are hot on the American’s heels and will be looking to claim a famous last gasp victory.
The Red Bull X-Fighters are ready for their first ever event on British soil, with the first jump of the course catapulting the riders from inside Battersea Power Station, one of the capital’s most recognisable landmarks, out onto the course lined with tens of thousands of FMX fans. After the huge tracks built in Canada and America, the tight and twisty course created in and around “Battersea Palace” is set to provide the twelve best freestyle motocross riders in the world with a challenge of a very different kind.
British eyes will be on 24 year-old local young gun Chris “Swampy” Birch as the regular rider on the Red Bull X-Fighters Exhibition Tour finally gets his chance to shine on the biggest stage of them all. Joining him will be fellow debutant Mike Mason (USA), whose impressive fifth place at the Summer X-Games raised a few eyebrows and made it clear that he is a force to be reckoned with at any event.


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